Author Archives: Tom Durkin

Tom Durkin

Tom Durkin


Tom Durkin is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer. He has two degrees with honors from UCLA. He has been episodically homeless since 1979. At age 40, he was diagnosed as bipolar with three personality disorders, childhood PTSD and ADHD. "Well, that explained a lot," he laughs. Presently, at 71, he lives illegally and happily below the radar in a trailer on some friends' wildland property in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.

shelter experience

Shelter Experience Leaves Lasting Memories

mentally ill

The Stigma Blues: Homeless and Mentally Ill


Trailers Are Viable Alternative to Affordable Housing

living in a trailer

Homeless with Gratitude: Home Sweet Homeless Home

being homeless

Homeless with Gratitude: Attitude Adjustment


Homeless with Gratitude: On the Trail of Trailer

section 8

Homeless with Gratitude: Coming Out As Homeless

homeless again

Homeless with Gratitude: Saved by Sophia


Rising from the Ashes: You Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee

technically Homeless

Rising from the Ashes: Technically Homeless

Fall into Homelessness

Rising from the Ashes: My Fall into Homelessness

shelter monitor

Homeless Man Shares His Experience Volunteering in Homeless Shelter

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My Secret Life of Homelessness: A Hot Shower and a Cold Beer

invisible homeless

My Secret Life of Homelessness: We Walk Among You

Secret Life of Homelessness

My Secret Life of Homelessness: Wake-up Call